Compact (Mini) Excavator

A micro or mini excavator is a tracked or wheeled machine with an operating weight ranging from 0.7 to 8.5 tonnes. It normally features a regular backfill blade and an independent boom swing.

Hydraulic excavators are significantly different from conventional construction machinery in this way because hydraulic fluid is transferred throughout the entire machine throughout all movements and operations. The work group and blade on the little excavator are activated by hydraulic fluid flowing across hydraulic cylinders. The slew (rotation) and travel functions of the excavator are likewise powered by hydraulic motors that are hydraulic fluid-driven.

Compact Excavator

What Sizes Are Available For Micro And Mini Diggers?

There are many different sizes of micro and mini digger; below, we've included the most popular sizes, along with a description and some of their main uses.

0.8 Tonne Micro Digger - Excavator

General Information

These machines are ideal for working in backyards or other places with limited access because they fit through a standard 760mm fence or doorway. Its expanding track system increases stability while it is in use, and the roll bar can be lowered to provide access through low-lying areas. Thanks to its simple controls, this machine may be used for a wide range of landscaping tasks as well as other small activities.


  • Adjustable track gauge for the best access

  • straightforward one-lever operation

  • The front end hydraulic piping is run inside the boom, and a boom cylinder installed on top of it offers the optimum protection.

  • Folding ROPS are easy to transport and can easily fit through doors.

  • exceptional results.

  • Features and Advantages

Extremely small and dependable when space is limited and a task needs a lot of effort.

0.8 Tonne Micro Digger - Excavator

1 Tonne Mini Excavator - Digger


One-tonne excavators are strong, adaptable, and durable. Trench digging, hole-breaking, waste removal, and mine excavation are all excellent uses for these excavators. It can squeeze into even the smallest locations thanks to the 1-ton digger's streamlined and portable design. Its comfort and silence make it safe to use even in areas with a high population density.


  • a rear overhang measuring four to twelve inches

  • An undercarriage that retracts between 28 and 29.5 inches

  • The maximum digging depth is 6 feet, while the maximum digging height is 7 feet, 8 inches.

  • Mechanical handler that complies with the Tier 5 and EPA emission standard and has a straightforward design and high-precision pilot joystick.

  • A side-to-side swing boom that is extremely flexible

  • a ROPS bar to safeguard the operator

1 Tonne Mini Excavator

1.5 Tonne Mini Excavator - Digger


The most popular size for small locations is the 1.5 tonne mini excavator, provided that access is not a problem. The digger expands its tracks to improve stability while excavating and tracking. This machine can accept a breaker attachment, but an auger attachment cannot be attached, and we do not recommend using it as a crane (breaker price is additional).


  • 105cm width

  • 23.6 cm in height

  • Weight with fuel & buckets, is 1.8 tonnes.

  • 23.9 cm of digging depth

  • 4035 mm length

  • Dump height max -  2705mm

  • Tyre tracks

  • Widening track spacing

  • A glazed taxi

  • Two speed monitoring equipment

  • Blade for a bulldozer along with extensions

  • Swinging off-set boom

  • Can come with differing bucket sizes

1.5 Tonne Mini Excavator

2 Tonne Mini Excavator - Digger


The fully covered cab and additional benefit of hydraulically moveable tracks for increased support and agility make the 2 tonne diggers appropriate for use in most circumstances. The digger is also 100mm narrower than a 1.5 tonne digger with the tracks closed as a result of this.


  • The 2 tonne digger provides a variety of benefits over the 1.6. (based around longer reach and stability)

  • significantly wider blade (extension removed for narrow access)

  • The track frame is longer.

  • longer dozer blade.

  • larger weight

2 Tonne Mini Excavator

3 Tonne Mini Excavator - Digger


This 3-ton compact digger offers the widest digging depth and reach of any excavator in its weight class. Although it has a great reach and a powerful digging motion, its width can only be adjusted to 1.5 metres.

The 3 tonne compact digger, despite its ability to narrow down to just 1.5m wide, excels where other tiny diggers in its class fail by providing operator comfort. It also has a spacious cabin and is very stable on rough terrain. It also provides a lot of lift force when needed.


  • Tracks feature exceptional stability and performance and may be adjusted up to 1500mm.

  • Four-cylinder diesel engine with a 27.5 PS power rating.

  • A mini excavator in this class can dig a maximum of roughly 3 metres deep (2870mm).

  • strong digging and lifting skills.

  • Strong and roomy cabin for the comfort and safety of the operator.

3 Tonne Mini Excavator

Excavator Parts And Attachments 

By swapping out the attachments, excavators can be modified to meet the demands of a certain job. A few examples of common hydraulic attachments are buckets, augers, breakers, thumbs, and couplers.

Excavator Parts And Attachments

Excavator Bucket

A bucket is the most widely used excavator attachment. Due to its steel composition and teeth-like edges, they are ideal for scooping and excavating. The most common buckets are those used to grade stones and dig ditches (sometimes known as "ditching buckets") (the trenching bucket). When selecting the type of bucket to buy or rent, it's important to take the soil quality and any potential attachments, including couplers, into account.

Excavator Bucket

Mini Excavator Auger

An auger is a tool used to drill into the ground. Since they are hydraulically propelled, they can dig deep holes quickly and efficiently. Augers come in sizes from 4 inches to 50 inches, and they can dig up to 32 feet.

Mini Excavator Auger

Mini Excavator Breaker

Concrete, stone, and other hard surfaces can easily be broken through with breakers, which resemble a larger jackhammer.

Mini Excavator Breaker

Mini Excavator Thumb

Thumbs work well for items that are too large for a bucket, such as a tree trunk or concrete slab. They are easy to put on and take off.

Mini Excavator Thumb

Mini Excavator Couplers

Couplers make the exchange of attachments easier and faster. If your job requires regular attachment changes, a coupler can help you save time, money, and resources such as people.

Mini Excavator Couplers

How to Use a Mini-Excavator

Everyone is looking for more efficient ways to complete chores these days. Contractors and homeowners may find relief in mini-excavators. Because of their versatility, you may use these tools for practically any type of construction project, from hammering down concrete to digging holes for landscaping. These versatile, user-friendly gadgets are becoming increasingly important development tools, particularly in urban settings where limited space demands more compact, lightweight equipment.

What can A Mini Digger Do?

  • Add a hydraulic hammer for demolition and pipe digging chores.

  • Dig out a curb or walkway at a major intersection without stopping traffic.

  • Attach a thumb and an earth auger to load brush and sort recyclables.

  • Use for a range of backyard projects, such as digging electrical or sewage conduit.

  • Concrete should be broken up with a hammer attachment for demolition and recycling.

  • For landscaping tasks, dig holes using buckets that range from 12 to 24 inches in size.

  • removing concrete, putting in plumbing, and finishing the interior of strip malls while causing the least amount of interruption to other businesses.

  • Because of their light buoyancy, old structures are easily demolished and remodelled on numerous levels, making renovations possible.

  • When combined with a skid-steer, the two pieces of equipment could occasionally be less expensive than a larger backhoe. Additionally, they have the ability to handle two projects at once.

  • Different types of buckets can be used to gather different types of digging and soil. Use a 24-inch bucket, for instance, for digging footings. You should use a 12- or 18-inch bucket to excavate utility lines. Use a 36-inch drainage bucket to remove water and loose dirt from damp soil.

What Benefits Come With Using A Mini Digger?

Small micro excavators nonetheless have the feel of full-sized machines. For large excavator operators who detest bouncing backhoes, these equipment are ideal. Mini-excavators provide several advantages for both professionals and homeowners. These tools:

  • Enter small, restricted areas; some of them fit through yard gates.

  • are made to operate similarly to larger excavators, and almost anyone can jump onboard and learn how to operate it in a few minutes.

  • Add a quick-coupler attachment that will allow easy replacement of any attachment mounted on a dipper.

  • When moving over concrete and other hard surfaces, are far quieter than massive machinery.

  • Convenient controls should be available.

  • have rubber tracks that are lightweight and easily manoeuvrable across confined spaces with minimal damage to the ground.

  • They are small enough to fit on pull-behind trailers and may be moved using the pickup truck's power. Some even fit in an extended pickup bed.

  • Make use of a variety of accessories.

  • Have a 360-degree swing arc to enable the positioning of additional units, such as a dump truck, wherever they are needed. The load can then be placed where it is needed by rotating the excavator. Dumping height is typically not a limiting issue.

  • Rubber tracks are preferable to steel ones since they won't grind and scrape the surface.

  • Have rubber tracks that don't slip for transporting the machine after loading it.

  • They can save down on paperwork because they don't need special highway carrying permits or business driver's licences.

Using A Mini Excavator

Read the small digger's instruction manual and any cautionary labels that are attached to it. Next, look for any broken or missing pieces on the device. Watch out for any potential hazards such as leaks, frayed cables, track problems, or other difficulties.

Make sure you provide the plant with enough fuel to finish the job. Remember that using red and white diesel now comes with new rules (rebate fuel). Verify that your excavator is filled in accordance with the rules in effect. Only a select group of industries, including farming, horticulture, and agriculture, as well as government functions like gritting icy roads, are allowed to use fuel that has been rebated. Sadly, DIY and construction are of poor quality. Check the coolant and lubricant levels in the engine after finding the fire extinguisher. Now you can climb up into the command console.

Inside the little excavator, on the left side, are controls and an armrest. Normally, it is raised and shifted out of the way of the door. Pulling the armrest downward locks it in place. After that, check the operator's console and tightly fasten your seatbelt. Discover all of the available gauges and controls, along with the ignition switch. Normally, the ignition switch is either above or to the right.

The excavator's cab is filled with pedals, levers, and joysticks. The joysticks are used to control the rotation of the left and right cab, the boom, and the bucket. Levers are used to regulate the front blade, throttle, and driving tracks. The pedals are used to operate the bucket pivoting and high-speed option (if applicable). While the digger is running, move each control to get a feel for how it responds. Any control movement results in an instant response from the machine. Therefore, it is best to familiarise yourself with their movements before starting work.

  • Study the machine's fundamentals.

  • Check out the device

  • Make sure the fuel is full, etc.

  • Learn how to use the console's controls.

Is It Simple To Operate A Mini Excavator?

Mini diggers are rather easy to use after you get accustomed to the controls and the machine's motions. They are flexible and adaptable.

The amount of features, complexity, and size of the item all affect how easy or challenging it is to operate. The front shovel, boom, and swinging bucket are the conventional attachments for mini and micro diggers, providing the operator with powerful tools in a small size. Larger excavators demand trained heavy equipment operators and are more challenging to operate.

Why Use A smaller Mini Excavator?

Mini diggers are small and can be used in a wide range of commercial and DIY projects. Just a few benefits that make equipment so enticing are listed below:

  • Choice: A few different mini digger types and sizes are offered. Choose the option that is ideal for your project based on how you want to use it and the size of the assignment. Consider the space available on the job site for properly storing the tiny digger as well.

  • They are favoured by businesses that operate across multiple sites due to their diminutive size. They are merely transported on trailers from one place to another. The small excavator is convenient for homeowners to borrow and is the perfect size for DIY projects.

  • The small size of the locations results in less pollution. The smaller tracks and other attachable equipment are less likely to damage topsoil and other outdoor surfaces.

What Are Some Uses For A Mini Digger?

Because of its compact size, the mini digger may be utilised for any project. Use these to decide which type of Mini excavator is suitable for the task at hand.

  • Excavating Holes: Smaller excavators are portable and easy to manoeuvre in confined locations. When they are rented out, they typically come with a variety of accessories and the instruction manuals. This will enable you to select the ideal attachment for the intended excavation or hole.

  • When planting trees and plants in your garden, micro diggers are fantastic for digging. When properly prepared, they are ideal for installing ground irrigation on a site. Due to their light weight, they seldom have an impact on the dirt or plants. When introducing new garden features like swimming pools, ponds, and hot tubs, they are crucial. The tiny digger can level the ground for the project and transport heavy machines.

  • For demolishing small, dilapidated yard structures like sheds or fences, mini diggers are the perfect size.

What Controls Does a Mini-Digger Have?

  • Down with the right hand, the primary boom.

  • Right hand back: main boom up.

  • Main boom up, right hand back.

  • Right hand right: curl out the bucket (dump)

  • Swing left using the left hand.

  • Right swing using the left hand.

  • Forward with the left hand: stick boom (dipper) away.

  • Back with the left hand: stick boom (dipper) close.

Any excavator's most common control arrangement is the ISO pattern. In America, the SAE controls are the most used pattern. Since the controls for the main boom and stick boom are located in different locations, they are similar but different. By moving the left joystick forward and backward, for example, the primary boom can be lifted and lowered.

Is A License Required To Operate A Mini Or Micro Excavator - Digger?

An unlicensed driver may operate a mini digger on any private property, job site, or access road. Therefore, you don't need to get the required permits to excavate ground on your domestic property. To operate any size of digger on a public road, you must have a current licence, though.

To work in public spaces or along roadsides, you must be qualified. As a 360 excavator operator, you can operate any size rotating-base excavating machine in any of these locations.

To operate a 360 excavator, you must possess a current Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) card, which you can acquire by enrolling in classes at a training provider. You also need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.

Advice On Mini Digger Operation Safety

  • If the digger doesn't have a cab, make sure the detachable roll cage is attached securely before using it. If the piece of equipment topples over, a cage can protect persons from serious injury.

  • Driving should only be done on flat, firm terrain, making that the tracks or wheels are horizontal to the ground. In order to dig an even trench, stability must be maintained.

  • Avoid swinging the bucket over somebody, even if it's empty, especially if they're within a piece of plant machinery or a portable toilet. Anything can happen, so there's no need to ever put anyone else in danger.

  • Use caution when moving the arm close to the cab to avoid hitting the tracks, wheels, or front blade with the bucket. Due to the robustness of the pneumatic system and the risk of expensive damage to the bucket.

  • Avoid placing the track or wheels too close to the edge of the trench when excavating. The soil and ground may be more brittle and prone to crumbling here, especially if they are soft.

Is It Possible To Rent A Small Digger Or Excavator?

Many companies hire out a variety of small (or compact) excavators. On the job site, mini excavators can be used for a range of activities, and renting equipment is far less expensive than purchasing it.

For equipment to be cost-effective, it must be used on site for at least 70% of the time. Additionally, maintenance, inspection, and insurance costs must be paid by the owner, and equipment's value depreciates over time. Only when utilising equipment that has been rented from a reputable firm do you need to consider rental and gasoline costs.

Do I Need A Licence To Operate A Mini Excavator? 

A current driver's licence is required to operate any size of excavator on a public road. However, no licence is necessary on private job sites or access roads. The 2011 Work Health & Safety Act removed the requirement for certification for excavator operators.

Operators of excavators must be competent, skillful, and have a thorough understanding of all available manuals and information. Legally, the Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking is ultimately responsible for operator competency (PCBU). They must be made aware of authorised users and their knowledge of appropriate usage, limitations, safety, and maintenance.

Are LOLER Inspections Required for Mini Diggers (Excavators)?

On construction projects, excavators are typically utilised for both lifting and excavation. Regular Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) checks should be performed on all lifting equipment.

These inspections should be performed by a "competent person" experienced in inspecting lifting equipment, and they must produce a written report of their findings. Hire companies are responsible for supplying secure items and are regarded as suppliers under Section 6 of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

This entails rigorous inspections, testing the equipment before hiring it, and routine inspections. For extremely long hire terms, it is possible to set up a written agreement to transfer this to the hiring party. The user is usually solely responsible for daily and prior to use safety assessments.

How Deep Can A Mini Excavator Dig?

Of course, a factor is the size of the model being used. In contrast to the Takeuchi TB210R's limited digging depth of 1.755 metres, the TB260 6 tonne can reach a depth of 3.895 metres. Depending on the specific project, the reach required will vary, but it is best to anticipate digging a little deeper than necessary. This takes into consideration any work-related difficulties that call for greater depth without the need for additional tools. When selecting an excavator, the type of ground should be taken into consideration.

For instance, if building is to be done on soft ground, deeper footings will be needed. In clay-rich, hard soil, greater digging force and reach are needed in the bucket. To avoid damage, care must be taken when excavating near utility lines and underground pipes (such as broadband cables and electrical supplies). As a result of its relatively shallow digging depth and smaller bucket width, mini excavators are ideal in these circumstances.

How Much Weight Can A Mini Digger Lift?

Excavators are widely employed for lifting and eliminating obstructions, despite their nickname as "diggers." The rubbish needs to be moved or pushed out of the way even when digging. Rubble, hardcore, or concrete will make the rubbish in the bucket significantly heavier than dirt or other comparable items. The lifting capability should be assessed before to hiring because it will increase with excavator size, just like digging depth.

The hydraulic and tipping capacities of an excavator determine its lifting capability. The largest load that the machine can lift before stalling is within its hydraulic capacity. The weight of the load at which an excavator may lift and perhaps topple is its tipping capability.

Lift charts based on factory testing are included in the Operation and Maintenance guide and conspicuously displayed on the machine. Since it is in the cab or canopy, the operator can usually see it easily. It should be noted that lift capabilities are calculated for use on level, even surfaces, and must be altered when utilised on hills or uneven terrain.

The lifting capability for the excavator should be listed in the specifications on the rental company's website. If you're unsure, contact the company to confirm that you have the necessary equipment. Lifting must be done with the utmost care because any mishap could have severe consequences for the operator and nearby employees.

How Heavy Is A Mini Excavator?

Mini excavators are commonly defined as equipment with a weight under 7 tonnes, but mini diggers can weigh as little as one tonne.

Their use without harming delicate or sensitive surfaces is made possible by the fact that they are constructed of lightweight materials, which is one of their key advantages. Additionally, most models come complete with expanding rubber tracks, which help to evenly distribute the weight of the apparatus. They are ideal for interior work or on finished surfaces.

Because of their greater weight and metal rails, larger versions are more likely to damage flooring or pavement edges. Due of their modest weight, mini excavators are easily transported by truck or trailer.

Manufacturers Of Mini Diggers We Offer

We provide tiny diggers made by JCB, Bobcat, Kubota, and Caterpillar.

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